Böcklin’s ‘Spring Awakening’ edifies us with its hypnotically dense evocation of mythical figures from ancient times. Opposite him are five important paintings by the leading Italian artist of modernism, Giorgio de Chirico. Four are from a private collection and are only on show at the Kunsthaus for a short period. Also on display from this private collection are works by Filippo de Pisis, Carlo Carrà, Mario Sironi and Giorgio Morandi.
Just a stone’s throw away we encounter female figures in three dimensions: not flat canvases this time, but sculptures made of marble, wood and bronze, by Vincenzo Vela, Auguste Rodin, Marino Marini, Rebecca Warren and Alberto Giacometti that are striking, captivating and exciting. The exhibition closes with Brancusi. As the muse sleeps, perception awakes.
Curator: Philippe Büttner
Arnold Böcklin, Quellnymphe, about 1866, Kunsthaus Zürich, gift of Otto and Mina Fleischl-Schwarzenbach, 1924